New Zealand 'Pastafarians' approved to officiate marriages - 2015-12-18

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F0.png New Zealand 'Pastafarians' approved to officiate marriages December 18, 2015, AP, Las Vegas Sun

New Zealand this month recognized the group as suitable to officiate weddings. Australian authorities, meanwhile, have so far rejected their efforts to register as a nonprofit religious organization.

Adherents say there's a beer volcano in heaven and wear upside-down colanders on their heads for religious purposes. Their only dogma? There is no dogma.

But behind their silliness, Pastafarians have a serious message about the separation of church and state. The group was formed in 2005 as a protest against efforts in Kansas public schools to teach not only evolution but also "intelligent design" — the idea that the universe must have had a creator.

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